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South Africa Parks- April 2007 trip from Pavel online

Unread postby Pavlik88 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:31 am

Hi,

I am few weeks from my BIG trip to South Africa.
I would try to do "online" report while going through National Parks using my laptop+data cell phone.

Stay tuned here, I will also post some info about preparation, equipment and some pictures.
so check here often and have fun :wink:

Pavel
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current plans

Unread postby Pavlik88 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:59 am

There is my current plan day be day.
a lot of driving :redface: but still much less compared to my trip in Australia :)

Pavel

6.4.2007 Mapungubwe
7.4.2007 Mapungubwe
8.4.2007 Kruger N.P.
9.4.2007 Kruger N.P.
10.4.2007 Kruger N.P.
11.4.2007 Blyde Canyon
12.4.2007 Giant castle N.P
13.4.2007 Oribi Gorge N.R.
14.4.2007 Dwesa N.R.
15.4.2007 Addo Elephant N.P
16.4.2007 Addo Elephant N.P
17.4.2007 Tsitsikamma N.P
18.4.2007 Tsitsikamma N.P
19.4.2007 Wildneress N.P
20.4.2007 Wildneress N.P
21.4.2007 Agulhas N.P.
22.4.2007 Cape Town
23.4.2007 Cape Park, Boulder beach
24.4.2007 Cederberg N.R.
25.4.2007 Cederberg N.R.
26.4.2007 Augrabies Falls
27.4.2007 Augrabies Falls
28.4.2007 Kgalagadi N.P
29.4.2007 Keetsmanhoop- Namibia
30.4.2007 Sussusvei
1.5.2007 Fish River Canyon
2.5.2007 Fish River Canyon
3.5.2007 Fish River Canyon
4.5.2007 Fish River Canyon
5.5.2007 Fish River Canyon
6.5.2007 Whitsand N.R.
7.5.2007 NEW Vaalbos N.P.- hope to be open
8.5.2007 Golden Gate N.P.
9.5.2007 Golden Gate N.P.- snow??
10.5.2007 Royal Natal N.P.
11.5.2007 Pilansberg N.R
12.5.2007 Pilansberg N.R
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:16 am

Some new info about my trip.
This time I will introduce my company.

We started to think about South Africa with my brother Petr around 3 years ago. any of our friends visitin SA was saying, it is great trip.

Finally last year it looked, it could come true. We also included in our group a friend Eva. She went already for some trips wit my and also with Petr. That is three of us :D
At last, when i told my dad, I am going to SA, he ask me, if he could join us. He always wanted to see wildlife, Kruger and Drakensberg. So we are now 4 people. Just enough to one big car.
dad will join us only for part of trip to Cape Town. He has to go back to work. But still will do a lot!
that is something new for today,
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:22 pm

Some information concerning our equipment to capture wildlife and country.

the main tool we will have is Digital SLR Nikon D80+ amazing lens 28-300mm DX VR2 (vibration reduction :wink: ) to get snap shots anytime anywhere.

for video we have Mini DV camcoder Canon MV40 with couple cassets.

to store all the pictures i bring 20GB HDD with MP3 player from iAudio and also laptop HP with 60GB Harddrive-.
that should be enough 8)
finnaly I got MDA compact2 mobile phone combined with PDA and capable of sending reports to you, hopefully directly from trip :D

13 days to go!!!
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:59 am

j-ms wrote:Hi Pavel

I can sense the excitement you have anticipating your trip to SA but I must suggest that you are trying to squeeze too much (especially too much distance) into too short a period of time.

To land in Johannesburg and make it Mapungubwe in the same day is a difficult start to a holiday.

Also if I look at:
11.4.2007 Blyde Canyon
12.4.2007 Giant castle N.P
13.4.2007 Oribi Gorge N.R.
14.4.2007 Dwesa N.R.
15.4.2007 Addo Elephant N.P

Between each of these places is pretty much a full days drive

Also Royal Natal to Pilansberg in a day is very difficult.

I think that unless you halve the number of places you are planning to visit you will end up being too rushed and tired to to enjoy them.

Sorry to sound so blunt but this is my honest opinion.


Hi,

thanks for message. I know it is very ambitions plan :roll:
You know, but for first trip I tend to see as much places as possible. Eventhoug just for 1-2 days.
who know, if I will be able to come back someday.
We will see, how much we can cover with driving from park to park. If we do not have time, we still can skip some park.

Watch closely my report, how we are doing :wink:
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:23 am

Flying out to South Africa tomorrow!!! :dance:

We have finally confirmed our rented car:
We will have either Nissan Hardbody double cab or Navara from tempest cars.
So watch out for us with yellow ribbons and Czech Flag 8)

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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:25 am

Thanks for comments on trip planning.

We did some changes in planning.
We will include one day in Hluhluwe safari, few people recommended it.
we will also stay two days in Kalahari, already booked night in MataMata

this means we will shorten Addo and Augrabies to only short stops.

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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:28 pm

Here it goes!!!
I am leaving office for the airport and flying down under :lol:

see you soon in some of the SANPARKS 8)

will try to post some short words directly from trip,

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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:38 pm

I am in!
thank you MM so much for warm welcome and a great supply of equipment.
we drive white Nissan hardbody and just going on N1 towards Limpopo river.
we already had short rain and saw one lighting.
interesting how many police cars are there.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:31 pm

Pavel is on the busiest road in Saffieland right now.

The African Zionist Church, congregates and meets every Easter, close to Pholokwane.
It is an annual pilgrimage taken very seriously by the Zionist organisation.
Hundreds of thousands are congregating right now.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:04 pm

A message from Pavel

"Hi, we are all fine. Had a great day in Mapungubwe. Saw Implalas, Zebras crocs in Limpopo and many Warhogs also a few Kudu. Great braai in the evening."
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:27 pm

Hi to All,
Some update from my trip.
We went up the N1,after Polokwane turned to R521 towards Alldays.there we met our first wild beast:-)
Warthog was crossing road.
Near Mapungubwe we also saw group of baboons.
We got to farm of friend near Limpopo river just as the sun was close to set.did some nice pictures of boab trees and nice rock outcrops.
Our first day in Africa was finished with nice views of Southern Cross and Orion on sky full of stars.
Great start!
today we are heading to mighty Kruger.
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:13 pm

Hi,short notice from Kruger.today we went from very top down to Shingwedzi camp.we saw hippos family at Limpopo.also few groups of Ellies,one of them with small ones:-)
We met one nice group of giraffas with zebras.great!
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:44 pm

Hello,
Todays update from Kruger.
We went the central part across Olifant river.a lot of elephants.nice couple of girafas,dozens of hippos:-)
As special one jackal and group of white rhinos near Satara.
Also saw vultures fighting over death impala.
what a great day.
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Unread postby Pavlik88 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:37 pm

Hi,
Today was last day in Kruger.we started in morning with drive on S100.saw a lot of nice giraffas and some birds.unfortunately we had a flat tire right in Satara camp.spent almost hour to fix it.
Went down to orpen dam,nice view.more crocs,storks and hippo.
At one bridge saw on stone large agama lizard.at the end super view on plain full of animals from ridge high above.left park via Paul Kruger gate.
No cats this time.
Pavel

P.S.try to put some pictures if find good internet connection
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